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Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum Newsletter!

Please see below the latest newsletter from the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum!

February 2023

Welcome to LPCF’s Latest news!

As you can see we have attached a Newsletter should you have any parents who would like to know more about us or you would like to display it on your website. Thank you.


A big thank you for your support during the “Week of SEND”. We have had some really positive feedback which we will be sharing with you shortly.
On another positive note – for ease we have now developed a booking system on the events page of the LPCF website where you or your parents can book the events below.


Important please!
LPCF “State of SEND” Survey – your help is needed please.

Due to Covid-19 it has been 3 years since we measured the state of SEND in Lincolnshire. We do this by giving your parents and SENCo’s the opportunity to tell us what it’s like for themselves as parents of children with SEND or SENCo’s who work with them.
We ask a few questions which takes between 5 & 10 mins to complete and then we gather all of  this information to form a picture and then feedback to the Local Authority, Health, DFE , Ofsted and service providers in Lincolnshire.


We have paper copies going to schools and settings and an electronic version available on the website (for ease) click here:-


Please help us by circulating it to the parents you work with or if you are a SENCo completing it yourself,  so we can accurately represent your views and help to improve services.
The survey closes on 3rd April so please help us to gather as many views as possible before.


LPCF would be grateful if you could please publicise our events to the parents you work with. Thank you.


Monthly Free workshops

Juggling the Joys of parenting

Date:         Thursday 23rd February  11.30am – 1pm

                 Workshop 4:Effective Communication 2

Are you a parent, grandparent, carer, relative or friend of a child/adult

with special needs or a disability? Yes?

...then these FREE workshops are a must for you!

Caring for someone can be a bit daunting at times. Often wonder if things could be

better? Of course, there is always room for improvement in everything we do and here are a series of workshops that can really help make a difference to our daily lives and to our families. This series is aimed at parent carers who wish to have fun, meet other parent carers that want to make life easier and learn new strategies that can make a very real difference.

LPCF proudly presents Hil Gibb to run these monthly workshops on Zoom for parents on the LPCF membership.
See the events page on the LPCF website to book a place.

Hypnotherapy with Nicole

Please encourage parents to join LPCF for a free 90-minute Zoom session to help improve  mental health & wellbeing.

Nicole from Hummingbird Hypnotherapy will be providing proven techniques to help us make positive changes to our lives.

Date:          Thursday 23rd February     7.30pm – 9pm
Topic              Perfectionism   


Relax with like-minded people in a positive atmosphere.

These sessions are for LPCF members only. Please encourage parents to join up on the sign up page of the website.

Dates for your diary in March

Toilet Skills (Continence Issues)
Date:              Monday 13th    1pm – 2.30pm
Topic              Toileting skills

Date:              Monday 20th March     7.00pm – 8.30pm
Topic              Toileting skills

LPCF are pleased to offer the workshop delivered by the LCC Specialist Children's Continence Nurse.

The workshop will cover :-

  1. Toilet skills development - one step at a time, actions and goals, initial work and when to contact the 0-19 health team for support.
  2. Night time wetting
  3. Containment products and alternatives
  4. Periods and how to manage these when using containment products.
    Please see events page to book your place.

LPCF Excellence award


Congratulations to Feathers Teens CIC who were awarded first place in the LPCF Excellence awards.
Sam Pittock (the working together team) and Amanda Treacy (teacher & SENCo ) were also awarded as runners up as voted on by the LPCF Trustees and Volunteers. For more details please see the LPCF website.

Parents Voice
Our extensive quarterly round up of what parents have been saying about Health, Education, Transport, EHC Plans, Leisure, Social Care, Covid- 19 etc.

In this edition we have thoughts from the chair about The LPCF State of SEND Survey, LPCF Excellence award nominations, the LPCF Outreach project and the exciting LPCF Week of SEND plus parents views on:-Sensory/ADHD Friendly bedrooms, Max Card parents feedback, Message from Health, ASD Diagnosis, EHCP's, CAMHS - parental frustrations, Private sensory OT, Technology on a budget, Christmas on a budget, Home schooling, Seatbelt safety, Short Breaks, Autism and acid reflux, request for a xmas present!, Dyslexia Assessment, SEMH School recommendation, Transition into adulthood, EHC Reviews timescales, EHC plan delivery, Week of SEND, “Your Say" Feedback….Plus much more.
Check out what parents tell us about your services!

LPCF Outreach Project
LPCF are still running the Outreach project where a volunteer will come out to your setting and talk to parents about what LPCF have to offer them and also staff in your settings.
We also offer this on zoom should you wish to hear about LPCF in your team meetings. Please contact for available dates.

Latest Question time - New people in the hot seat

For our next two Question Times we have Josie from the LCC SEND team answering questions on personal budgets and the Liaise team answering questions about their role, remit and the support they offer - so please keep your questions coming.

The question times will only take place when we have enough questions ( approx. 20) so keep them coming!

To find the Question time page -go to the LPCF website Information>LPCF Question time.

Please see the answers to the questions you posed previously here:-

Additions to LPCF  website (please see achievements page)

  1. Parents voice – see the feedback given to LPCF over the last 3 months
  2. The Start for Life and Family Hubs Programme(see LCC in Library)

Whats on?

Please see this link

Updated regularly -so keep a look out for things to do in the community & beyond.

Max Cards
Parents who join our membership and fulfil the criteria are offered a free discount card.
The Information page of the LPCF website contains more detail.

Please encourage parents you work with to join LPCF, as the earlier we can support them on their journey the better outcomes for the whole family in terms of engagement, signposting, information & support. It also gives LPCF a bigger voice in Lincolnshire to help improve the provision of services for families.
Please also encourage other professionals you work with to join our professional membership so they are kept informed too!
Thank you for your support